From 'gypsy jazz' to the drama of John B and Bryan Mac, a busy month is set for St John's

It's set to be a busy month in St John's, Listowel, with a broad range of events lined up for February.

The Mapping Kerry exhibition, showcasing the drawings and watercolours of Gosia Shaikh-Horajska, runs throughout the month at the Listowel venue.

Tonight (Wednesday), February 6, five-piece Dublin band 'The Eskies' will bring their blend of folk songs, gypsy jazz and sea shanties to Listowel.

The band members are regulars at the Glastonbury and Cambridge festivals, and they are now set to take the north Kerry town by storm.

Tomorrow (February 7) and on Friday, John B Keane classic 'Sive will be presented by the Abha Bhán Players of Glin/Ballyhahill.

On Wednesday, February 13, American Country and Bluegrass will be the order of the day as Austin, Texas five-piece 'Whiskey Shivers' play one of just four dates on their Irish tour.

The following night, accordion player David Munnelly, vocalist Anne Brennan, and fiddle-player Joseph McNulty will bring the best of traditional to Listowel.

The group is sure to be a big hit as it brings its new arrangements of old music to the fore on the night.

The action continues on February 22 with 'Inspiring Bach'.

This will be a Music Network Concert featuring Claire Duff on baroque violin, and Benjamin Allard on harpischord.

On two consecutive nights, Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, 'The Honey Spike' will see the Tarbert Theatre Players return with Bryan McMahon's play on the journey of a young Traveller couple from the Giant's Causeway in Antrim to the Kerry-Cork border.

Another double staging is 'What Now' on the 25th and 26th.

This will see the theatre delving into satire and humour as it looks at the world around us. It's all part of a play written by the group and directed by Chris Fitzgerald.

The night following these shows, February 27, features Terry Lee Goff and his Ohio group presenting ' The Man in Black', billed as the top Johnny Cash tribute show in America.

The February schedule comes to a close on the last day of the month, February 28, with Claude Bourbon and a fusion of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical and Spanish Guitar.

All shows take place at 8pm, and further information on the month's events is at www.stjohnstheatre.com/programme.html.

Kerryman

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